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Summary

The left side cabin door opened in flight, shortly after take-off. The pilot reduced power and attempted to close the door. When he found he was unable to close the door against the aerodynamic forces, he transmitted a "MAYDAY" call, advising of his intention to force land the aircraft. The aircraft was landed in a paddock with a soft surface, resulting in the nose landing gear being torn off. A post flight inspection found no defects with the door latches. It is likely that the pilot failed to latch the cabin door properly before flight.
 
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